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Tension Between Hungary and the United States Strains Nation’s Economy: An Analysis of Investments and Diplomatic Relations

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Viktor Orbán Visits Donald Trump as NATO Celebrations Take Place in Hungary

Hungary’s relations with the United States have been tense, and this is reflected in the country’s economy. In March, Hungary marked 25 years since joining the NATO defense alliance, an event attended by the American ambassador and local democracy advocates but not by Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Despite his absence, the ambassador emphasized Orban’s commitment to a democratic future as part of the West.

Around the time of this celebration, Orbán visited the United States as a guest of former President Donald Trump but did not meet with the Biden administration. This strained relationship between Hungary and the US has caused uncertainty in Hungary’s economy. Professor Peter Mihályi from Corvin University of Budapest noted that US displeasure with Hungary’s government is a significant factor affecting its economy. The strained diplomatic relations could also have implications in Brussels, even if not explicitly stated.

In recent years, Hungary has shifted its focus towards Eastern investment opportunities, with changing tones in Western investors’ speeches. While Germany was once a loyal investor in Hungary, sentiment among German industrial management has declined significantly due to concerns about how foreign investors are treated in Hungary. Some foreign companies like an Austrian company affiliated with Spar have publicly expressed dissatisfaction with these issues. This discontent has extended beyond EU countries and been felt among Western investors as well.

Despite these challenges, Western companies continue to invest in Hungary but have made some adjustments due to changes in regulations and taxes targeting foreign companies specifically. Transparency International highlighted that while there have been some changes to investment climate, foreign companies have adapted to it. However, Chinese projects introduced a new culture of secrecy in Hungary that may influence its future economic prospects. While there is no evidence yet that hostility towards EU countries and America has extended to business sectors, tensions between these countries could affect investment climates negatively.

In conclusion, while relations between Hungary and America remain strained, they still continue to invest in each other despite challenges such as changes in regulations and taxes targeting foreign companies specifically or cultural differences between different countries investing cultures that could affect long-term prospects for both economies.

Both sides should work together on finding ways to address their differences and build stronger relationships that benefit their respective economies positively without compromising democracy or human rights principles.

By Samantha Nguyen

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